Cool & Helpful Links

This page will start small and grow over time. If you know of links to cool and/or helpful information or videos, let us know!

As we've mentioned elsewhere on our site, Sheldon Brown was the man. His site is still a repository of more bike knowledge than most of us will ever know.

Basic thread concepts specific to bikes, courtesy of Park Tools. It is helpful to know that you'll often see bolts or threads referred to as M5, M6, or M-whatever. The M refers to metric.

A whole bunch of fork industry numbers. Rake, axle to crown numbers, etc. It's more than a bit outdated now, but it might still be useful.

Shimano 2015-16 frame requirements: Part 1 & Part 2 This will help you understand where to place brake bosses, disc tabs, etc. This will likely become a frequently referenced guide.

And of course there's BikeCad. Frequently you'll hear, "It ain't cheap but it's totally worth it." Time is money and BikeCad will save you both.

If you don't use BikeCad, or even if you do, frame drawings are really helpful. I'm still looking for a good tutorial on how to do a frame drawing so if you know of one, please let me know at

Here's an information-rich wiki created by Peter Verdone.

Speaking of Peter Verdone; his site is great. Some of this stuff is really inside baseball, but it can be helpful to go in deep to understand all the things that go into the decisions that need to be made.

Pink Five - A bike for his girlfriend

Check out Pithy Bikes YouTube channel. Seriously. Steve's got a bucket of awesome going on over there.

For a bunch of frame jig options, see our page "What do I need to build my first frame?"

Peloton has a nice couple of articles on frames and materials. Onetwo, and three.

Speaking of Peloton, they've got some nice profiles of a couple of Oregon's finest, Tony Pereira (one and two), now teamed with Ira Ryan at Breadwinner.

While not frame building specific, check out Path Less Pedaled on YouTube. We're on board with Russ' philosophy of #thesupplelife.

On Path Less Pedaled, check out the interviews with Tony and Ira where they get all nerdy on geometry and other minutia.

We can't mention everyone, but we also want to give a shout-out to:

The awesome but lesser known Bob Kamzelski of Bantam Bicycles. He's a bike builder's bike builder.

Starmichael over at Norther Cycles is killing it with 650B conversions and classic Randonneur bikes with all the racks, etc.

Mr. Love and Fury himself and possessor of the coolest headbadge in the industry, Joseph Ahearne of Ahearne Cycles.

The nicest builder you'll ever meet, Christopher Igleheart.

Christopher and Joseph have now combined forces in the form of Page Street Cycles.

Are you all about carbon fiber? We love Ruckus Composites! They will bring your injured carbon fiber frame back from the dead! Really, they're amazing folks!